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CicLAvia set to pedal car-free streets of downtown L.A. on Oct. 9

September 22, 2011 |  7:00 am


A 10-mile stretch around downtown Los Angeles will become a car-free zone for one day on Sunday, Oct. 9, as CicLAvia stages its third event designed to revitalize pedestrian activity in the neighborhood.

CicLAvia, a nonprofit organization, encourages people to walk, bike and walk their dogs along the corridor that will stretch from Boyle Heights through downtown and toward Silver Lake. The route will be car-free from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 9. You can expect traffic delays as a result of the event, but there will be crossing points for vehicles at various points along the route.

The stretch encompasses portions of Spring and Main streets as well as 1st, 7th and 9th streets in downtown. The route passes MacArthur Park as it makes its way toward Silver Lake via New Hampshire and Heliotrope. (Here's a map of the full route.)

As part of the event, CicLAvia said it has awarded 13 mini-grants to artists, musicians and community organizations in order for them to present  programming and performances throughout the route.

Six hubs will be stationed along the route to provide free water as well as restrooms and first-aid stations.


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Photo: A view of downtown L.A. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times